On mysterious occurrence of butterflies in the genus Delias at Jinmen Islands, with clarification on the nomenclature of D. pasithoe (Linnaeus, 1767) and D. acalis (Godart, 1819) in southern China

Yu Feng Hsu, Hang Chi Huang, Chen Chih Lu

研究成果: 雜誌貢獻期刊論文同行評審

摘要

In recent years, a considerable number of pierid butterflies of the genus Delias have been found from Jinmen Islands, where no available hostplants grow, rendering a proof of cross sea water migration of these butterflies. It is suggested here that these butterflies come from nearby continent of eastern China, visiting the islands for nectar acquisition in seasons when nectar is in short supply because they mostly show up in autumn months. Samples obtained during the survey contained two species, namely Delias pasithoe (Linnaeus, 1767) and Delias acalis (Godart, 1819). Subspecific names applied to both species in eastern China appear to involve nomenclatural problems, with erroneous usage in recent literature.

原文英語
頁(從 - 到)245-254
頁數10
期刊Zootaxa
4276
發行號2
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 2017 六月 12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 生態學、進化論、行為學與系統學
  • 動物科學與動物學

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